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C A Ft M A R T II E N.'


C A Ft M A R T II E N. THE NATIONAL "E 1ST F. D D FO D AT C A R M A R T II E N. The ancier.t town of Carmarthen, so famous for iii!dfodau in times past, is again on the tlctoe of expectation for the extraordinary treat that awaits theffl in the first week of September—namely the meetings of the National Eisteddfod and the grand concerts and musical festivals in connection therewith. The pros- pects of this Eisteddfod are the brightest that have yet dawned on the national institution. The subscriotion list already amounts to upwards of £1,000 -neady dcubls that of any former Eisteddfod. Not a stone has been unturned nor an effort unmade by the Local Committee to make the arrangements for the week perfect; and the National Council has in every instance sanctioned and appreciated their labours. In noticing the preparations that i'GB being made for this the most promising of Eisteddfoda-u, prominence should be given to the Pavilion, so admirably conceded by Mr J. L. Collard; and so satisfactorily constructed- under the architect's personal superintendence by J. Lewis, the contractor. The back seata are six feet higher than the front seats, and the gmdient being gentle from front to back, every person in the Pavilion will be able to ace all that occurs on the platform. TUe platform itself is large enough for a small Eisteddfod, consisting of three floors or galleries, and the building is of that immense size that it will comfortably accommodate eight thousand. Notwithstanding the vastnesa of its dimen- sions, its acoustic properties are perfect, —so perfect that when tried in the presence of Mr Brinley Richards the faintest note could be distinctly heard in every part of the building, a circumstance which evoked from Mr Richards an expression of high approval. This is J10 less satisfactory to the architect than it is to the Com- mittee. The Pavilion is now in the bauds of the deco- rators, s.nd when finished will no doubt be the most magnificent erection of the kind ever witnessed in Wales. The gentlemen who will preside on the several days are- Tnesday, D. Pugh, Esq., M.P. for Cara, a cn, ire; Wednesday, J ohn Johnes, Esq., Heccrder of the Dorough. of Carmarthen and Chairman cf the County Quarter Sessions; Thursday, the Rev. J. Rector of Neath, atd Chairman of the National Council; and Fri- day, H. Lavallin Puxley, the late High Sheriff for the County of Carmarthen- all good men and true, who nave given abundant proofs of their fitness for the distinguished office which they will hold, and have contributed libe- rally to the exchequer of the Eisteddfod. The bards and minstrels of the Eisteddfod will be John Owen, Esq. (Owen, organist, Chester; Vr- L. Lewis, Esq., Denbigh (LIow Llwyvo); Llewellf9 Williams, Esq. (Cerddor y Dc) Eos Mon, and Idn5 Fychan. The conductors will be John Thomas, Esfp* Carmarthen (leuan Morganwg), and D. Seys Lew;e, Esq., Mynyddislwyn. There is no doubt that in the hands of these gentlemen the catering for the public at the morning meetings will be perfect. In the evening of the each day, commencing at siX o'clock, there will be grand concerts. The artistes en- gaged stand second to none in their profession, white some of them are immeasurably supcricr to s'al!-comer3' First stands Mr Brinley Richards, tbe prince of pianistsf who cannot forego the satisfaction of taking the lead in his native town, notwithstanding the numerous attractions of the Continent at this season next comes the eminent Welsh composer and brilliant harpist Pencerdd Gwalia; and c.trsat never before given in Wales will be afforded b/ Mr Lazarus, a man of European fame for his execution 011 the clarionet. The vocalists will be Miss Edith Wynne, Madame Patey Whytock, Miss Edmonds, Mr CummingSf and Mr Lewis Thomas—names that must command an ust cot:, an, audience and voices that must charm the most fastidioaS ears. We find from a glance we have just had at the proof of the programme, that these artistes will not ccn- fine their talents to the concerts merely but that each has kindly consented to sing at the morning meetings. The Eisteddfod proper begins on Tuesday, tha 3rd of September, continuing over Friday but a higtly in" tcresting meeting will take place on Monday evening, .at which Mr Salter, F.G.S., A.L.S., and late palaeontologist of the Government Geological Survey, Mr W. P. Prober'* the Rector of Neath, and other gentlemen of distinguished attainments will take part. A large numbers of Welsh bards, ovates, minstrels, Sen. will arrive at Carmarthen in time to attend the inaugural meeting on Monday* evening. In connection with the Eisteddfod there will be a11 exhibition of the art, industry, and products of Wales, at which medals and cards of honourable mention will hi} awarded to successful exhibitors. Applications for space are already numerous.. In the morning of .each day there will be meetings ot the social and scientific sections, at which papers otl various questions will be read and discussed. A.numbe!' of able writers and speakers will take part in these prO- ceedirsgs, This department is under the able prcaidcosy of Hugh Owen, Esq., London. A very prominent and unique feature of this Eistedd- fod will be a magnificent picture gallery of moderB British art, including a valuable selection of pain"0^ from the 8. Kensington Museum, and some of the productions of the modern masters. This exhibition W"* be held in the Assembly Room, under the managecieo" of Mr rlosford, of the Government School of Art. will also be an exhibition of natural history objects,_ eluding geological, mineralogical, botanical, and otner specimens, under the superintendence of Salter, F.G.b. In the antiquarian department of great national interest will be exhibited, including tn° armour of Sir Rhys sp Thomas, kindly lent for the occa- sion by his noble descendant Lord Dynevor. inviting feature will be a magnificent display of fragra and beautiful flowers, got up by way of variety traction by a committee of ladies. All these interes*1 features combined will render the National Eisteddfo Carmarthen the most attractive that has ever been he The various Railway Companies are vying other in their efforts to facilitate t'ac proceedings. excursion trains will run daily on the Great ^e,9.tea0. the Tenby and Whitland, the Carmarthen and Ca: the Manchester and Milford, the Yale of I' Bne Cambrian railways; and should tbe weather Pr0 f v--3i> there will be an unpreccdentedly immense influx ot Y* tors into Carmarthen during the Eisteddfod week.